Georgia Nurse License Overview

Temp License:
BON website
(844) 753-7825


Endorsement Application: SSL- $75.00, MSL Upgrade- $50.00

Processing Fee: $10.00

Fees are the same for RN and LPN licenses.

How long does it take to get a Georgia Nursing License?

Permanent License

Approximately 20 business days upon receipt of all required materials

GA License Renewal

  • Renewal cadence: Every 2 years
  • Renewal fee: $65.  Late renewals will incur an additional fee of $10.
  • Required contact hours: Select one of the five options to fulfill the continuing education requirement. Georgia offers the following options:
    - 30 contact hours
    - 500 hours of nursing practice
    - Maintainance of certification of recognition
    - Completion of an approved academic program
    - Completion of an approved reentry program
  • Renewal is completed online and is required by January 31 of the year it expires. The late renewal period is Feb 1 through Feb 28. If your license has not been renewed by Feb 28, your license will lapse, and you will be unable to work until your license has been reinstated.
  • Once you complete the renewal process online, check back within 3 days to ensure your renewal is complete. 

Important Things to Know about Georgia Nurse Licenses

  • You can file through the online portal or by mail. 
  • To avoid processing delays, please be sure to include all required documentation with your application packet. 
  •  Applications are valid for one year from the date of submission. 
  •  When mailing your application, please use a 9x12 envelope and do not fold or staple any of the documents. 
  • The Board of Nursing does not provide a specific form to use when requesting licensure verification from states that do not participate in Nursys.
  • If you already have a Single State Georgia License and you want to upgrade it to a Multistate License and you meet the requirements, click here for more information. 
  • You can find FAQs about licensing here. 
  • You can find all forms and applications pertaining to the licensing process for RNs here and LPNs here.

GA Licensure by Endorsement


Permanent License

  1. The process is similar for RNs and LPNs. Before submitting your license application, visit GAPS/Gemalto, Georgia's fingerprinting vendor, to register for your background check at least 48 hours in advance of submitting your application. Here are instructions for completing the background check for in-state applicants and out-of-state applicants.
  2. A valid photo ID will be required for fingerprinting, such as a State Issued Driver's License, US Passport, State Issued Identification Card, Government Issued Employee Identification Card, US Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID Card, or Tribal Identification Card.
  3.  Complete the licensure application form. You can find the form for RNs here and LPNs here. This form needs to be notarized and mailed in, online applications are not accepted.
  4.  After your application for licensure has been received and processed by the Board, you will receive an email from GAPS directing you to proceed to the fingerprinting site.
  5. You must proceed to a GAPS fingerprint site to have your fingerprints scanned within 90 days. If you fail to submit prints within 90 days, your registration will be canceled, a refund will be made to the method of payment you provided, and you will need to register again.
  6. A local law enforcement agency or private fingerprinting company may also provide fingerprint cards, but the applicant must ensure they are blue FBI fingerprint cards (FD-258). 
  7. For out-of-state applicants: After your application for licensure has been received and processed by the Board, you will receive an email from GAPS directing you to mail your fingerprint cards. Please follow the emailed instructions and mail the fingerprint cards to: 
  • Federal income tax return with a primary state of residence declaration  
  1. Request verification of licensure via Nursys from your original state of licensure and the state where you are currently employed. If these states do not participate in Nursys, you will need to contact that state's BON and request verification be sent to the Georgia BON.
  2. Provide official college transcripts from your nursing school that led to initial licensure.
  3. Provide verification of employment documenting 500 hours of nursing practice within the 4 years immediately preceding the date of application, or provide proof of graduation from an approved nursing education program within 4 years immediately preceding the date of application.
  4. Note, with an explanation, any arrests, Disciplinary Action, and/or Sanctions (if applicable). Include the following documents:
  • Court Documents  
  • Letter of Explanation
  • Enrolled in Alternative to Discipline

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